Wednesday, February 7, 2018

ICS Blog Hop, Epic Celebrations

It's the first Wednesday of the month, that means it's time for the ICS blog hop.
Today we're sharing a color challenge. I paired the color challenge with the SAB freebie, 
Epic Celebrations.


Here is my project:


I stamped the guitar from the Epic Celebrations stamp set, gave it a bit of color with my Night of Navy Stampin' Blends marker and then cut it out with my snips.
But the exciting part, I think, is the background. I saw a card or two with this type of background, so I wanted to give it a try. I punched a bunch of the shapes out with the new Tailored Tag Punch, using the colors from the challenge.


Then I played around till I found a pattern that I liked. Next, I attached them to a piece of card stock. I used snail, but I think next time I'll use the Tombo Liquid adhesive, so I can move them around a bit.


Then I trimmed it down. I put some of the wax paper strips from the mini glue dots to protect my trimmer.


Then I mounted it to a piece of Whisper White and then on a Crumb Cake card base. I added a few fun shapes, a sentiment, and the guitar.


Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today. 
We have a a lot of great new products in our Occasions catalog and there's all the cool free stuff you can earn with a qualifying purchase in the Sale-A-Bration brochure. 
Check out my website for more info.

For more inspiration, click HERE or the arrow below to see what Karie has to share.


See you soon and stay crafty!











Sunday, February 4, 2018

Valentine Framed Art Sampler

Hi Crafty Friends!
I just realized that I forgot to do this post about January's sampler. This sampler was a lot of fun.



Do you love it? Let's start with the measurements:
9" x 9" Melon Mambo
2 1/2" x 2 1/2" Rich Razzleberry
2 1/4" x 2 1/4" Painted with Love Speciality Designer Series Paper

I used the two new Valentine sets from the Occasions catalog. The Sure Do Love You stamp set and the Lots to Love Box Framelits Dies and the Heart Happiness stamp set. 




Lots of gold! And lots of hearts! You'll need the Sweet and Sassy Framelits as well as your Large Letters Framelits.

Have fun if you're making one. Any questions, let me know.


Stay Crafty!





Wednesday, January 31, 2018

A Magical Day Valentine

Hi Crafty Friends! 
I wanted to share a super cute Valentine card featuring the Magical Day stamp set.
This is one of the choices at my Valentine Cards Class.


Isn't it the best? I love all things knights and castles. Myself and this stamp set will never part ways!

The colors used are: Smoky Slate, Soft Sky, Whisper White, and Calypso Coral. 
The ribbon is a free Sale-A-Bration product.
Tools used: Badge Punch, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Sweet and Sassy Framelits, and the Magical Mates Framelits Dies.


I colored this little cutie with our Stampin' Blends markers (after stamping him in Momento Tuxedo Black Ink).


There's one little tricky bit, I stamped just the phrase One of a Kind in Calypso Coral on Calypso Coral. I covered up the "you are" with washi tape to ink up the stamp. I then removed the washi tape to stamp the words. Then die cut out the phrase. I then stamped the whole image again on Whisper White card stock and fussy cut out the "you are". It's an extra step, but I think it adds a bit of pizazz to the card.


I think this card would be great for almost anyone, but mine is going to my husband.

Need help with more info or how to purchase the products? Contact me! I'm here to help with your crafty needs. 

Stay Crafty!
Audra





Friday, January 26, 2018

Valentine's Card Class

Ah, Valentine's Day...
Hi Crafty Friends! Do you love Valentine's Day? I do. Not so much for the super mushy I love you honey stuff (although I do love my Honey). But for the occasion to let those you love, know it. My family is spread far and wide across the country and I like being reminded by the calendar to send them a card. And ok, I like when things are heart shaped and pink.




I'm offering a special class in early February to help you make the handmade valentine's cards you need to send and give to your favorite people. This class is almost like a card buffet...You will make the cards you need, at $3 a card. BUT, I need you to pre-order the cards you would like me to prepare for you. Above are the current options, I will post individual pics and names in just a moment.

You need to do a few things. Let me know which class you are attending, 

Friday, February 2, 9:30am
RSVP by Jan 30 at 9pm
Wednesday, February 7, 7pm
RSVP by Feb 4 at 9pm

Or both! Next, let me know which cards you want to make and how many. The cost is $3 per card (seriously, it's a great deal). I will cut the paper and prep all the supplies, you come to class and have fun making the cards. We might even have a few sweet treats! Then you send the cards out to all your loved ones. It's a super sweet deal! 
You can pay by PayPal (audramonk@yahoo.com) or cash or check at the class.

Request your cards on Facebook, or by email (audramonk@yahoo.com).

Let's take a closer look.

Valentine Stripes

Wood Valentine Wishes

One of a Kind
Look for a detailed blogpost all about this cutie Feb 7!

Blue Love

Panda Love

My Heart

Love You

Be Mine

I hope you are inspired to send or give Valentine's this year. Sometimes it does say more to give a card instead (or in addition to) an email or text.
Contact me with any questions and with your RSVP.

Stay Crafty!
Audra

Thursday, January 25, 2018

A Paper Pumpkin Thing, January Kit

The January kit is here! And it's lovely. It's called Heartfelt Love Notes and I think you're going to love it. Today I'm hopping with A Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop.


The first project I made is a small framed art piece. I'm planning to give it to my husband for Valentine's day. I think it will look great on the shelf next to his desk. And it will remind him how fantastic I think he is.


The small squares are die cut from one of the cards in the Paper Pumpkin kit with the smallest of the Square Stitched Shape Framelits. The squares are attached to a square of Copper Foil paper and then to a scalloped square (largest size in the Square Layering Framelits) of Basic Black. A small Copper Foil Stitched Circle Framelit and the smallest heart from the Sweet & Sassy Framelits. The super cute sentiment, "You are my kind of fantastic" is from a host stamp set in the Occasions Catalog.



The frame is for a 5 x 7 image.

My second project from this month's kit is a bookmark card.


The card base is Flirty Flamingo, 5 1/2" x 8 1/2". Next, the card front is 4" x 5 1/4". There is a small strip of Copper Foil and a strip of our Pick a Pattern Washi Tape. I cut down one of the cards from the kit to 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" and mounted it to the card front with Fast  Fuse. The bookmark is the white insert from the kit cut down to 2 1/4" x 4". I added some more of the washi tape and stamped the sentiment from the kit in the Rich Razzleberry ink spot. I added a few of the enamel dots from the kit.




Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope I've inspired you to use your kit in different ways. For more inspiration, click HERE or the next button below to see what Tina has to share.


The full blog hop line up is here:

Sara Levin - https://wp.me/p52EFH-2PB
Jenny Hall - https://www.jennystampsup.com/2018/01/25/january-paper-pumpkin-thing-blog-hop/
Kimberley Morris -  https://procrastistamper.blogspot.com/2018/01/APPTBH-Jan2018.html 
Melissa Thomas- http://seatoseastampin.weebly.com/blog/a-paper-pumpkin-thing-blog-hop-heartfelt-love-notes
Lori Mueller --  http://www.stampindreams.com/my-blog/2018/01/a-paper-pumpkin-thing-blog-hop-january-2018-heartfelt-love-notes.html 
Kelly Acheson - http://astampabove.typepad.com/my-blog/2018/01/january-paper-pumpkin-thing-blog-hop.html
Maria Willis - https://cardbomb.blogspot.com/2018/01/paperpumpkinjanuary2018.html
Audra Monk - https://thecraftyyogi.blogspot.com/2018/01/a-paper-pumpkin-thing-january-kit.html
Tina Riddle -  http://www.tinascropshop.com/2018/01/january-paper-pumpkin-thing-blog-hop.html 
Rick Adkins - https://wp.me/p2AuXD-4vg
Jennifer Hill - https://wp.me/p72MWS-gw
Monika Davis - https://monikastamp.wordpress.com/2018/01/25/heartfelt-love-notes-blog-hop
Carolynn Sander -  http://www.carebearstamps.com/2018/01/a-paper-pumpkin-thing-blog-hop.html 
Melissa Davies -  https://rubberfunatics.blogspot.com/2018/01/a-paper-pumpkin-thing-heartfelt-love.html
Rachel Tessman - https://wp.me/p9e8YC-bG0






Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Tri-Fold Shutter Card with the Magical Day Stamp Set with Video Tutorial

Hi Crafty Friends!
I am so excited to share all the details of this lovely card.



Here's the video on how to make the tri-fold shutter card.



Measurements:
Card base: 5 1/2" x 10 1/2"
Score at 1 3/4", 3 1/2", 7", and 8 3/4"
Cut with trimmer 1 1/2" on each side on the long side, from the first to the last score lines.


DSP:
Small Squares: 1 3/8" x 1 5/8"
Middle narrow panels: 1 3/8" x 3 3/8"
Center panel: 2 3/8" x 3 3/8"
Side panels: 1 5/8" x 5 3/8"

Here's a few closer pics:





And here is the one I gave to my niece for her 10th birthday.


Thanks so much for checking out my blog post today. If you need more info, let me know. All the products used are available in my online shop.
Stay Crafty!





Sunday, January 7, 2018

Quick Easel Calendar

Hello Crafty Friends!

Today I'm sharing a super quick and simple project that makes a great little gift.



I made the easel flip calendars with post it notes a few months ago for a craft fair. (Here's a link to the post and tutorial video). I had ordered extra calendars from Taylored Expressions so I decided to make some easel calendars to give as gifts to family and friends. I stumbled upon these quick easel calendars in a post by Kelly Ackeson. I loved them so much, we made them at our team meeting and then I made bunches of them for gifts.



Here are the magic numbers:

A piece of card stock, 4 1/4" x 11" score at 5 1/2" and another piece 4" x 4", score at 1/2', 2", and 3 1/2". Then whatever card stock and DSP you'd like to decorate the card fronts.


Here's the little 4" x 4" bit. We glue the card to the 1/2" edges that are folded upward.

Put the glue on the edges something like this. I think Tombo is better than snail as you can get things adjusted nice and even.



It looks like this when it's all put together. You can even put them in an envelope and mail them. I'd recommend 2 stamps.

In case you're wondering about the cute pandas...


they're from an adorable new Sale-A-Bration set called Party Pandas. You can get this set for FREE with a $50 purchase. Check out my website for all the info. 

Need an Occasions catalog?  Come to my Open House on Jan 14, 1:30-4:30, or contact me.


Happy Crafting!
Audra